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HEAVY PETAL
Minarik Studio Extreme Series Lotus

* By ERIC KIRKLAND

Courtesy of Guitar World


M.E. MINARIK HAS a talent for creating wild shapes and infusing them with rowdy tone. Not surprisingly, he’s been the designer behind several of B.C. Rich’s coolest guitars. The Minarik Guitar Company isn’t well known, but these high-end instruments are starting to get attention in the hands of players like Dave Navarro, Gene Simmons and Dick Dale. This month, I looked at the affordable version of Minarik’s Lotus guitar.

While Minarik’s guitars are fascinating to look at, there is a method behind his madness. In the case of the Studio Extreme Lotus, the mahogany body’s shape is engineered to create a huge and defined bass tone, rather than the muddy low-end that sometimes plagues single-cut designs. The thick carve of the 22-fret set mahogany neck will favor players who spend more time on chords and riffs than on high-speed solos. Some of the guitar’s attractive appointments include the custom-etched stop tailpiece, inset headstock logo, bound rosewood fingerboard and open-sight inlays.

The Lotus’ Tone Perfect pick-ups are almost exact replicas of the alnico-based “Resonata” Humbuckers featured on the incomparable Minarik Goddess Guitar. They’re controlled with a three-way switch and dedicated volume and tone pots.

PERFORMANCE

The Lotus delivered a balanced acoustic tone and fluid playability, but it’s the pick-ups that bring the guitar to life. The moderately hot bridge pick-up blasted through my Mesa Rectifier with massive bass dynamics and greasy highs. It’s neck’bucker responded with similar low-end mass but, surprisingly, sounded more open, full and defined on single notes. These tones made the Lotus suitable for just about any style of play.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Minarik calls the Lotus, “the most technically ‘perfect’” single-cutaway guitar on the market, and at this price, it is a remarkable value.

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